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thank you all for doing that. because when i know that when you talk about these groups, they are all excited and you get them excite and that is what it is all about and so thank you. and so on that motion, we have a first and a second. >> could i get clarification for the maker of the motion does that include the recommendation of approval for the future amendments including the retail requirements. >> yes. >> commissioner adams? >> yes. >> dooley. >> yes. >> dwight. >> yes. >> ortiz-cartagena. >> yes. >> commissioner riley. >> yes. >> commissioner tour-sarkissian. >> yes. >> commissioner white. >> yes. >> it passes seven votes in favor and none opposed. >> takes us to item 6,discussion and possible action to make recommendations to the board of supervisors
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(bos) on bos file no. 140236 [planning code - mission alcoholic beverage special use district]. >> we have laura lane, it is a quick one and as you know tl, is the special use district, in the mission, regarding the alcohol code there, we were approached by a business that is come ing in to the mission and a similar circumstance to what we saw to the bowling alley which is one of the allowed exceptions, and as we spoke to the business owner, we have made an amendment to the code, to allow for putt, putt, indoor, putt putt and so with me this evening, is steve fox who is the owner of urban putt who approached us and so we have been looking at this change because we did not see any necessary difference between a bowling alley and a putt putt and i have been in the discussions with planning to possibly make a further amendment to what we proposed. to change it to allowable
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entertainment use, uses that are other than that are in the planning that are, i think, like the pool hall, and the music venue and etc., and so there is a preexisting definition in the definition. and so i don't have to keep coming back to you for the piece meal changes and so you are working up the fine logistics of that and so it will be either as the addition of the putt putt or the change to the definition in the planning code to other entertainment use and so we are kind of working on that, piece we have not nothing back, and it is a piece of where in the special use district what is permissible rather than what is prohibited and using the definition, it actually might be a cleaner way to do it.
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>> are these uses approved or approved by the conditional use, application? >> so this will be of right, but it would be the definition that is within the planning code already of other entertainment so it would not be, so it excludes, things like the pool hall, etc. it would be very, and very fine code section, 790.38. and so they would be and it would be required to be functionally or physically integrated with a restaurant space. and so it is a very fine change to what would be permitted.
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>> okay. >> commissioner dooley? >> i just have one question to clarify, if it is changed in the planning code and more generally, then, there will be or will there be allowable uses spelled out or will it just be saying anything with, you know, with more general. >> i am sorry, but it would be other entertainment which is currently defined within the planning code so it would take that provision of the planning code to 790, 38 and incorporate it into this section of the special use district and so it will actually be a comprehensive integration of the code language, rather than doing what we are doing now, with the piece mail, bowling alley and putt putt and so it would be the specific uses that are predefined in the code. >> do any of you need an explanation of what that definition is >> what putt putt is.
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>> now about other entertainment and perhaps, christian is that something that you might be able to access. and do you need that explanation of other entertainment? >> okay. >> any other commissioner questions, i really like this and because we can't keep coming back and i know that is going to help over there and i know that the bowling alley is thriving to get, reservation out tf and now to get in there. >> the grade to the mission. >> you really cleaned up that part of 17th street and really cleaned it up and having been over and steve will give us comment in a moment but to the urban putt and it is activating a space that has been vacant for years and bringing entertainment activities to the neighborhood that are both and could be family friendly but also allow for the adult entertainment as well. >> commissioner rilely? >> i want to know how large
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this space is? because is this the only miniature golf in san francisco? >> it is and if you allow me to defer. >> okay, let's take the public comment here and he can explain during public comment. >> sorry, president, we are in the commissioner questions. and yeah, i don't know, and so >> i am steve fox and yes, urban putt is my dream of bringing it to san francisco and it is absolutely the only miniature golf in san francisco and it is just economically, it is not particularly feasible unless you have a full service restaurant and a bar that comes with it and that is kind of the reason why. we have been building this since june and we are really
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close at this point and it is going to bring a lot of vitality, i believe, to the neighborhood, it will be great for kids and i have two kids, both in the san francisco unified school district and they are excited about playing there and for the evenings we are going to have the age restrictions starting at 8:00. and so, in order to make sure that this is feasible, economically, viable, you know, this is one of the things that we need to be able to have alcoholic beverages, you know, on the course itself. and we have reached out to the neighborhood, we have had three and about to have our fourth open house before we open everyone who walks by is allowed to come in and we give them tours of the place and it is kind of sort of a magical place and we are very much inspired by the things like, you know, a burning man and
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maker fair and you know myth bus ter and all of that and it is a remarkable space. >> 22nd and south van ness and it has been a building that has been unoccupied since 1999. and so, we were, it is a former mortuary and so we are briefing life into this former mortuary, it used to be driskals and absolutely, not only is it the only mini golf, it is the only one in san francisco, that i have been able to find in and it seems like maybe 20 or more years. >> okay. >> and okay. any more commissioner questions? >> let's take public comment do we have any members of the public that would like to make a comment on item number 6? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> commissioners? >> move to approve and whatever of the two forms that it ends up, either with the specific
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reference to mini-golf, or to the broader reference to these entertainment uses that are not or that are specified in the planning code, but already. >> second. >> okay. >> roll call. >> commissioner adams? >> yes. >> commissioner dooley. >> yes. >> dwight. >> yes. >> ortiz-cartagena. >> yes. >> riley. >> yes. >> tour-sarkissian. >> yes. >> commissioner white. >> yes, the motion passes 7 in favor and none opposes. >> thank you very much. >>er that takes us to number seven,discussion and possible
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action to make recommendations to the board of supervisors (bos) on bos file no. 140318 [public works code - waiver of temporary street space occupancy fee for small business week sidewalk sales] >> this is a did yousing and possible action item and we have a presentation by director. >> and so commissioner thises is the annual legislation, produced by the department, and for the sales and we have a good, and we have three sort of components to this legislation, and there are two merchants associations, the merchants that need to do the sidewalk sale, prior to the small business week, may tenth, and then, there is the castro street merchants because they are going through the sidewalk improvements right now with their streets and their sidewalks are torn up and so they will not be able to partake in doing the sidewalks on may 17th. >> june 21st. >> yes, and so with supervisor
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weiner's support, we are extending that opportunity to the castro street merchant to june 21st. >> so, we have a good number of merchant associations available and so this is a matter of our annual legislation before you. and it will be at the board of supervisors budget and finance committee meeting this week. >> commissioner rilely? >> is there any plan to make this a permanent situation? instead of coming back every year. >> the unfortunate thing is that not every year, each merchant's association par participate and so we have some that participate one year and some that don't participate next year and so, i mean we could take a look at how we might be able to do that, but because the department of public works needs authorization from the board of supervisors to wave the fee,
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the legislation outlines specifically which block areas or the fee is going to be waived. >> and which side of the street. >> and so, since that is not consistent, year after year, we do, we are going to have to. >> there will be new corridors coming up as more development happens as well. >> so when you do it it is per side of the street because i know that in the castro, we used to do an extra one in the fall, and we would have to pay for each side of the street. >> i was just thinking about supervisor tang, you know their proposal to wave the fees for the month of may. >> right. >> and so, they wanted to propose it to permanent, every may. so i was thinking, you know that might be a good idea. >> that is a permit verses a fee. >> so it is a similar concept and that the board of supervisors has to authorize and so the waiver of that fee, although the planning
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department is looking to have this institutionalized in the planning code and that is happened every may and the difference for that is that it is city wide and, so it is easy to just say, we do this every may for the entire city. and but because we have different merchants associations, and they come in some years, and not other years. and depending upon the capacity, so the location is specific. >> it is location, yeah, thank you. >> okay. >> okay. >> okay. >> we want to take the public comment on item number 7? >> and i do believe that we are at an all time high on participants this year. >> we are, and i do want to say that we are working with prolocal this year, and due to our staffing shortage to help organize and reach out to the merchantses and then also in addition to help to do the
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additional promotion of the sidewalk sales. >> we are hosting it right in front in the dog patch. >> awesome. >> and okay, public comment, do we have any member of the public that would like to make a comment on item 7? >> seeing none, public comment is closed. we would like to make the action item on this. >> we move to approve as written and presented. >> second. >> commissioner adams. >> yes. >> commissioner dooley. >> yes. >> commissioner dwight. >> yes. >> commissioner ortiz-cartagena. >> yes. >> commissioner riley. >> yes. >> tour-sarkissian. >> yes. >> white. >> yes. >> none opposed. >> item number 8, presentation by the mayor's transportation task force, this is a discussion item and we have director he had reskin from sfmta to present. welcome. >> good evening, this is awesome. >> members of the commission,
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yeah, it has been a lot of fun stuff on the agenda from the parks and i know that i worked with some of you on many years ago. and i was worried that i will have to follow right after the putt putt item, which is exciting as this is, i am not sure. >> you have to help us get the jay warner plaza going. >> yeah. and you have to deal with that. >> that is right and it has been through the upgrade and now it is getting the permanent upgrade xh is great and which is maybe a good segway into what we are talking about here is investment and infrainstruct tur and thank you for giving me time on the agenda and allowing me to come before you and i do have a presentation that and a little bit long and so i will try to go quickly so that we can have more time for your questions. and these time for me talking to you. i think that you have copies and so i will run through it
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but it really starts from the mayor identifying in his state of the city speech in the beginning of 2013, and so about 15 months ago, that the transportation needs of the city are critical to the city's economy, and something that we have been addressing and so if we could go to the slides, and what i am going to walk through, for you, is kind of an outline of what we are facing and what the need is. and what the recommendations of a task force and the mayor convened are and what that will get us and where we are in that process. >> so, i don't think that i need to really tell all of you since, in your various walks, of life, we are facing a deteration of the city
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transportation infrastructure from the conditions of the streets to the conditions of the transit system and the crowding on the transit system and to the conflicts with the different modes of transportation, all of which are growing. we have pretty significant needs and of a cross of the transportation system and their needs that we have not as a city been addressing over the last really generation or two. we have a pretty significant backlog, and in terms of the maintenance of our infrastructure and if you look at all of the aspects of the system from the streets to the transit vehicles and the rail and the traffic signals and the stop signs and even the paint on the street, what we have not done on what we needed to do as a city to keep it in a state of good repair. and that backlog of maintenance and repair needs starts to manifest itself in terms of safety and in terms of
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performance and in terms of comfort and convenience and in terms of how we get around the city and that is just thinking about for us who are here today but as we know we have more people who are moving to the city and we have buildings, flying up all over the downtown and in front of our neighborhoods and we need to figure out how to accommodate the folks that are here as well as the folks that are coming. so, starting with the streets, which is a popular topic and something that i got to spend a lot of time with when i was at dpw and i think that you all know and because you experience it every day and for those of you who are sometimes on a bike and you experience it much more directly and first hand and that half of the streets are in need of repair and repaving and it is not just inconvenience, it costs. in terms of having poor quality streets, or we are one of the most expensive places to maintain a motor vehicle, and
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your private motor vehicle and as well as the mini, vehicles because of the ways that the streets tear up and the vehicles given their poor shape and it is also, it is a safety issue, particularly if you are on the bike or if you are on foot, and when you have the poor pavement quality in an intersection or a sidewalk or in the right-of-way and it really makes it harder to get around, safely. and in terms of our facilities, and now, i am talking primarily of the muni facility and many of these facilities that we are using to maintain the vehicles, and equipment that deliver the service to that will enable the 700,000-plus trips on an average weekday, these facilities were built in a different era at a different time and i don't know if you can see in this photo, but this is a facility where we maintained some of our electric trolly buses, but it was not built so that we could lift the buses up so the main nens have
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to crawl into a pit underneath the buses which is not a great work environment and b, it is very insee inefficient so you can't do as much work on a vehicle at one time, and you are crawling down and you are on your back and so our ability to maintain the vehicles when the infrastructure supporting the vehicle main maintenance is compromised and that manifests itself, with the vehicles being backed up or breaking down in the street as opposed to being out in the streets delivering service. >> and some pretty stark data, and this is from a report, bench mark report that the controller's office just did, and if you look at either light rail vehicles or buses compared to the peer averages we break down a lot more frequently, particularly with the light rail vehicles and there are a number of factors that play
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into this and the facilities are one factor and we also have one of the oldest fleets in the nation. which is another distributor and also we have not been doing the overhauls that the vehicle manufacturers recommend when you purchase these, and so our vehicles are old and we have not been investing in them over the course of their life. the way that the manufacturers recommend and so by the time that they get to the end of their life, they are really just kind of limping along and that i think this graphic really speaks for itself, and so, you put all of those together, and again the lack of the capitol investment manifests itself in service impacts. another challenge is that the streets are congestived and whether, there was a recent article saying that they are a little bit less contested by the way that they were previously and most people do not feel like that out there
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and they seem more congestived but we are fighting for the same space on the right-of-way and the folks that want to take the transit and have no choice to take the transit are moving slowly in the streets because they are not designed in order to prioritize the transit and in addition to having one of the oldest fleets in the nation we have one of the slowest operating systems in the nation. those are two achievements that we are not proud of. we had walk to workday, but we continue to have many more team seriously hurt and killed in san francisco than we should be tolerating. >> 21 people were pedestrians last year that died, and we have with the increasing number of people in the city and the people on the bikes and
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particularly, i think, this is the increasing amount of distraction because of the screens that we are on. and i actually noticed a later photo in here and shows the people crossing the street and looking down and talking on the phone and looking down but the people walking and particularly the people driving and you know wheeling two ton vehicles, we have significant safety issue here, that we need to address as a city from inner agency research that we have done recently led by the health department and the controller's office and we found, however, that 60 percent, the real problem areas are concentrated in just 6 percent of our streets. and so, we have a very concentrated program which means that it is something that we can address and there is education component and an enforcement component but there is a design component to that as well to redesign our streets and retrofit the streets and to
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make them safer. >> where the money or the lack of money from this investment that we have not been making, here is a sad history that the last time that we had the muni on the ballot was 1966 and it failed. and in 1993, the beginning of 9 clinton administration is the last time that the federal gas tax increased and that is the main source of the federal transportation funding and we are now at a point, where the highway trust fund, which is where those federal gas tax revenues go, it is expected to be out of money, within the next 12 months. and so no more federal transportation money, and unless congress does something this year, which i am sure that they will, at least to close the gap but not a very good picture in terms of federal funding and obviously not keeping up with inflation, and the federal gas tax is a number of cents and it is not a percentage and so it has been losing the purchasing power
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over time. and then the third blow here was soon after coming into office, governor schwarzenegger lowered the vehicle license fee by 68 percent which is money that had been flowing to the cities. if misery loves company, we can comfort $to the fact that we are not alone, this is not unique to san francisco, the bay area just did the regional land use and transportation plan and identified the significant shortfalls and state of the good repair and investment across the region and if you look across the country, we really have the same things that we are seeing in all of the major metro areas and so, it is not, we are not alone in this program, by it is one that the mayor identified as being absolutely essential to the economy and future of san francisco. and to that end, rather than ringing our hands and just being comforted by the fact
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that we are not alone in this, last year, the mayor as i said, mentioned in the state of the city, that he was going to focus on this issue, and he was bringing the same approach that he brought to the business tax reform to the payroll and i mean to the pension reform and federal housing and funding reform and the same approach to bringing the folks from across the city together to try to identify the consensus and solutions and so we had 45 different folks including the esteemed commissioner dwight, who was one of our task force members but the people from across the business and labor and community, groups, and other transportation and governmental folks. really focusing on understanding what the needs were and charged with developing some recommendations on how to address those needs. so in short, what they found, was looking at the 15-year time horizon that the mayor had
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established, 2015 to 2030, they identified, some what a daunting $10 billion capitol need and infrastructure investment and the task force talked a lot about should we be focusing on the existing system and the existing assets, or should we be focusing on the expansions to accommodate the growth and the consensus was to focus on the existing system and the majority of this need is just bringing the existing system into a state of good repair. and so, within that ten billion dollar need, the one little bit of good news is that we could identify 3.7 billion dollars worth of funding that we can reasonally anticipate receiving and it does assume that the federal funding stays some what constant as it has historically been, which is you could argue a questionable assumption. and it counts the prop k half cent sales revenue that we have
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here for the transportation, and we at the mta issue the revenue bonds of using our own, operating funds to pay the debt service on in order to advance the capitol projects and so when we looked at the possible funding sources that we could think of, we were able to address, 34 percent of the need and what the task force recommended was really taking the balance of that need and trying to address about half of it and so what they recommended was 3 billion dollars, worth of new local revenues, in the next 15 years, and to try to close that gap. and you know, they did not recommend trying to close the entire gap, and for one reason, that is just it is very large. but, also, with expectation that there are other funding sources out there that we can seek and perhaps leverage. and already, the metropolitan transportation commission has stepped forward and approved a plan that would send an
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additional half of a billion dollars our way and should we be able to match the funds with these new revenues so that the idea that these funds, if san francisco supports them, can leverage, other regional state or federal funds that there is already, the proof in the pudding, on that, which is great news. so specifically, in terms of the three billion dollars, in recommendations from the task force, and to this november's ballot which will be a $500 million obligation bond and an increase to 2 percent of the vehicle license fee and further recommends that the additional half cent sales tax in 2016 and bond of 2024 and a ten year spacing and so what we have been doing in the city capitol plan, is getting the city's assets into a cycle of bond funding so that we have had a couple or two or three park bonds and we have had a couple of hospital bonds and we, this june we will have the second
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public safety bond. and so we have been systematically taking the city's assets, which have been ne glekted over the years and getting them into a capitol program and so the proposal here in part is to get the transportation, into that fold as well. so, specifically, what the task force is recommending is actually, three ballot measures, two funding sources, that would together generate 1.5 billion dollars, over the next 15 years, for better roads and improved transit and safer streets and i will walk through, what some of those are and so the way that the state law that was approved, that authorizes the san francisco board of